China re­duces risk lev­els, but Xi wary

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - SU­TIRTHO PA­TRA­NOBIS

BEI­JING: Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has warned against com­pla­cency in the fight to curb the coro­n­avirus out­break in China even as the coun­try on Thurs­day clas­si­fied all its coun­ties or re­gions as “low-risk” for Covid-19.

The de­ci­sion to lower the risk level was taken as no do­mes­tic cases were re­ported in the Chi­nese main­land for four con­sec­u­tive days as of Wed­nes­day, and no new deaths for 22 con­sec­u­tive days, na­tional health com­mis­sion spokesper­son Mi Feng said on Thurs­day.

The main­land re­ported two new im­ported Covid-19 cases on Wed­nes­day, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of im­ported cases to 1,680. China has 82,885 con­firmed in­fec­tions and 4,633 fa­tal­i­ties.

Xi warned of­fi­cials against “re­lax­ing” in their fight against the pan­demic de­spite the dra­matic fall in num­bers. “Xi stressed that author­i­ties can af­ford zero com­pla­cency in their work on all fronts to con­sol­i­date the out­come of epi­demic con­tain­ment,” state me­dia quoted him as say­ing at a meet­ing of the Com­mu­nist Party.

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